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By Dawn, Jul 6 2018 08:18PM


Sometimes don't you just want to snuggle up in a quilt someone else made, or spend time admiring it. When I seen this genius playmat designed and made by Michelle from CreativeBlonde with the little vehicles ready to roll on the linen trackways, I would just loved to have played with it there and then :)


Michelle's gorgeous "Are we there yet" Quilt and Playmat is made with a Honeybee Cloths "Slice of Layer Cake - Mighty Machines bundle" - providing twelve co-ordinating 10" squares, at a fraction of the price of a whole Layer cake. It's a perfect make for the little ones in your life, children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces.


Enjoy this super tutorial x X





Are we there yet?…


Designed and pieced by Michelle Roberts at creativeblonde - www.creativeblonde.co.uk


The perfect quilt for any young person, who love cars and trucks. This quilt fits a first bed, so its great for that transition from cot to bed. Doubles as a playmat, so they can take it everywhere.


I used a beautiful new collection called ‘Mighty Machines’ by Lydia Nelson of Dreamy Quilts. This collection is available as prints from Honeybee Cloths


Materials

• Twelve 10” squares from the Mighty Machines collection

• 38” x 47” Tilda Stars for the backing

• 38” x 47” wadding

• 1 metre of grey linen, for border and roads

• 180” cream linen bias binding

• White and grey thread



Haberdashery items

• Iron-away marker pen

• Quilters ruler, rotary cutter/scissors

• Iron, pins, 505 basting spray


Downloadable tutorial PDF



Finished size: 36” x 45”


Making the quilt


1.Take three 10” squares and sew together RST to create a row, using ¼” seam allowance. Press seams towards the centre.




Repeat this process with three more squares, only this time press seams towards the outer edges.


2. Sew these two rows together, places them RST, and nesting the seams (note the seams will lay in opposite directions). Press seams.




Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the remaining 10” squares, see photo below for placement (this is optional, as the squares can be placed in any order).



To create the border, cut two strips from the grey linen, measuring 29” x 4” and sew with RST to the top and bottom of the quilt. Cut two more strips measuring 45” x 4” and sew with RST to each side.




Cut 2 ¼” strips from the grey linen, fold and press ½” along each edge to create strips measuring 1 ¼” (approximately 170” in length). Top stitch to hold in place.


Pin in place to the top of the quilt, use a long quilters ruler to help pin the strips in straight lines, see photo below for placement… (note: leave 2” spare at the start and end of the road).




When you get to a turn, cut and overlap the joining piece by ½”, this allows enough to needle-turn when hand sewing the road in place.



Hand sew using a grey thread, as you would if you were hand sewing the reverse of the bias binding in place. When you have finished, use a seam ripper to remove a few stitches from the border, and thread the road through. Re-sew this seam using your machine, making sure to overlap a few of the original stitches.


Baste or pin your wadding between the top quilt and the Tilda stars (backing), and quilt just off centre on the road, using white thread and length 4.0.


Sew another row 1/8” next the previous row of stitches. Add this double white quilting to the surround of the quilt (1/2” from the inside edge of border) see photo below…




Trim the quilt to measure 36” x 45” and add the bias binding, I prefer to machine it to the front, and hand sew on the reverse.


Your quilt and playmat are complete…




The perfect playmat for taking anywhere

Happy sewing


x CreativeBlonde x









By Dawn, Jun 15 2018 10:19PM



Thank you so much for popping by our Quiltalong, it's lovely to have you along. I can't believe it's June, and the fifth block, nearly half way through our Sampler adventure. I'm utterly thrilled by this month's block, which is designed and made by Michelle from Creativeblonde - it's so gorgeous, hope you love it too.


Michelle's block - "Basket of Strawberry Sweetness", includes a beautiful basket woven from Brenda Riddles' "Caroline" ticking fabric, scrumptious strawberries, and the sweetest little quilted butterflies.


From our little hive to yours, Happy sewing x X




Block 5 - Basket of Strawberry Sweetness


Tutorial by Michelle Roberts from Creativeblonde


Designed for the ‘sweetest things sampler’


- 10 ½” Finished appliqued block, before joining to other blocks.


- Downloadable PDF tutorial and templates.



Materials

11” square Ivory fabric

11” square for the backing (if doing QAYG)

12” piece of brown fabric - Caroline Ticking

Scraps of Red, Green and Floral

11” square of wadding (if doing QAYG)

10” square of H250 Vilene interfacing

Gutermann threads colours; 118 & 4048


Cutting – from the templates

3 large strawberries

7 small strawberries

1 flower

1 large green top

3 small green tops

1 large leaf

2 medium leaves

1 small leaf

1 basket handle


Haberdashery items

Template sheet - download here

1 small wooden button

Erasable marker pen

Basic sewing supplies; Temporary basting glue; Iron; 505 basting spray or pins; Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat.


Assembly

Draw out the templates shapes on to the paper side of the interfacing, using a pencil. (templates have been reversed already for you) Cut them out roughly, and fuse (without steam) to the chosen fabrics, cut out accurately.


To create the woven effect basket, cut the brown fabric into strips

Three 1 ½” x 6 ½” and Three 1 ½” x 10” strips.


Fold and press over ¼” along one long edge, and sew 1/8” to hold in place, repeat for the other side, and for the remaing 5 strips.

Weave the strips and pin to hold together, see photo for placement.

Sew from right to left, to hold the strips in place, using gutermann colour 4048.



Trim your block to measure 8 ½” along the top of the basket, and 6” along the base -


KEEP TRIMMED PIECES


Use the trimmed pieces to make up the left-hand corner of the basket, and stitch in place.



Take your basket and pin to the main block. Pin the handle in place, tucking the curve under the edge of the basket, needle turn ¼” along the three edges of the basket, and sew in place. Leave the top for now. Hand sew the wooden button in place.



Arrange the strawberries and leaves in the basket, tucking them into the basket slightly. I made the centre look fuller, then the outer edges. Place one large strawberry with green top along with the flower on the left side of the outer basket.


Once you’re happy with the arrangement, use temporary basting glue to hold, while you sew in place. Sew around the visible shapes and add details, including the handle, using free motion embroidery or handstitching.


Needle turn the top ¼” of your basket, and sew in place


Your block is now complete.


If you want to go ahead with the QAYG* method, place wadding on the reverse of your block. For the 3 layer QAYG method, spray baste the 11” backing fabric and place on top of wadding, or use pins to hold the backing in place.


(For more information on Quilt As You Go - QAYG, please refer to the Quilt Construction Notes)


Use your erasable marker and draw a 10” centralised square onto your Ivory fabric, draw around the butterfly template, and using free motion quilting, sew over these markings.




Remove all markings.



Congratulations you’ve finished Block 5 – basket of strawberry sweetness




Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself (Michelle) and Dawn are so excited to see your blocks.


You can find me on Instagram @creativeblonde66 and on Facebook @creativeblonde66.

Come on over and visit my blog for more sewing tutorials at www.creativeblonde.co.uk


Thanks for joining in this exciting quilt-a-long.


Happy sewing


x creativeblonde x





By Dawn, Apr 7 2018 11:46AM



Thank you so much for joining along on our Sweetest Things Sampler quilt adventure, each month we're sharing a new block of something which makes life a little sweeter.


This month it's the turn of Michelle from CreativeBlonde, whose truly pretty applique block is perfect for this time of year, with the promise that April showers bring May flowers.


Michelle's super tutorial includes free motion embroidery flowers, little silver raindrops and a genius idea - padding which gives a lovely 3D effect to the umbrella.


The fabrics used in the block are from Brenda Riddle's very pretty Caroline collection, available in the Brenda Riddle section of Honeybee Cloths, where you can also find kits including the fabrics needed in Block 3 and earlier blocks too. So let's get sewing....




Block 3 - April showers bring May flowers


Tutorial by Michelle Roberts from Creativeblonde - Designed for the ‘Sweetest Things Sampler’


10 ½ ” Finished appliqued block (before joining to other blocks)




You can download the full PDF tutorial and templates here, or read on ....



Materials


Moda Bella Solids Off-white (or low volume fabric) - Fat quarter

4 or 5 Caroline Fat Eighths

8” square of H200 Vilene interlining

Gutermann threads colours; 1174, 802, 7001


If you plan to Quilt As You Go*, you’ll also need cotton quilting thread and an 11” square of wadding, and depending on which QAYG method you use, an 11” square of backing fabric.

(*If you need more information on the QAYG method *Please read through Quilt Construction notes)



Cutting

11” x 3 ½” Green fabric

11” x 8 ½” Off-white or low volume fabric

11” square for the backing (if Quilting as you go – option 2*)

*1x 4” square from the Pink/red posies on blue fabric

*1x 5” square from the rosebuds on pink fabric

*1x 5” square from the rosebuds on ivory fabric

*1x 2” square of brown doily with white stripe fabric



Haberdashery items - Flower and umbrella templates (download template on page 8 of instructions); Erasable marker pen; Iron; Basic sewing supplies; Temporary basting glue; 505 basting spray or pins; Quilting ruler; rotary cutter/scissors; cutting mat; Small piece of teddy stuffing



Assembly


Take the *small pieces of cut fabrics and fuse them to the interlining.


Using the erasable marker, draw around each template, add seam allowance to the umbrella pieces, if doing needle turn applique.


Cut 2 large flowers and 1 smaller flower, and the umbrella handle, no seam allowance needed, as these will be added using Free Motion Embroidery.




Snip into the seam allowance, and press seams towards the centre, ready for sewing, don’t forget to remove the papers.




Sew the green strip to the bottom of the ivory piece to form the main block, press seam open. Pin the umbrella in place, I found it easier to draw around the template onto the main fabric first using the erasable marker pen.



Add your applique pieces, using Gutermann cream thread col. no. 802, once your two outer pieces have been sewn in place, start sewing the two centre pieces, and just before you finish add a little ‘stuffing’ to give it a 3D effect.


Using the erasable marker pen, draw around the remaining umbrella template, and add the handle applique (remember to reverse your template).


Sew using Gutermann green thread (col. no. 1174) 1/8” around the umbrella, add stitches for the handle, adding extra detail at the top of the umbrella, see photo below.



Add the flowers using a little dab of baste glue, drop feed dogs on your machine, and change the foot to free motion quilting foot (this can also be sewn by hand).


I also added a few rain drops using Gutermann silver metallic thread (col. no. 7001)



Your block is now complete.



Quilting options


If you plan to Quilt As You Go, please refer to the Quilt Construction section, and layer your quilt as required.


Remember to use an extra piece of fabric, when pressing, to avoid your metallic thread getting too hot.

For QAYG option 2 - Spray baste the 11” Blue fabric or use pins to hold the backing in place.


Use your erasable marker and draw a 10” centralised square onto your Ivory fabric.


Mark diagonal lines, too look like rain, at 2” intervals. I avoided stitching these quilting lines under the umbrella).


(Attach your walking foot and engage the feed dogs, if you changed these when applying the free motion embroidery).


Thread up your machine with Gutermann silver metallic thread (col. no. 7001), stitch length 4.0.


(Attach your walking foot and engage the feed dogs, if you changed these when applying the free motion embroidery).


Thread up your machine with Gutermann silver metallic thread (col. no. 7001), stitch length 4.0.


Congratulations you’ve finished Block 3 – April showers bring May flowers






Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself (Michelle) and Dawn (Honeybee Cloths) are so excited to see your blocks.


You can find me on Instagram @creativeblonde66 and on Facebook @creativeblonde66 .


Come on over and visit my blog for more sewing tutorials at www.creativeblonde.co.uk


Thanks for joining in with exciting quilt-a-long.


Happy sewing


x creativeblonde x







By Dawn, Feb 7 2018 08:45PM


I am so happy and utterly thrilled to welcome back to our blog, Michelle from Creative Blonde. When Michelle first sent the sketch of this gorgeous block, we knew it just had to be the very first block of the Sampler quilt.


The theme running throughout the Sampler blocks are the things which make us happy, and that make life a little sweeter. Whether it's cherishing each and every moment, the simple things in life, or each other, cherishing seems the perfect place to begin.


So pull up a chair, make yourself comfy and enjoy! x X




Block 1 - Cherish


Tutorial by Michelle Roberts of CreativeBlonde




Materials

Moda Bella Solids Off White – 9900 200

Bespoke Blooms Fat Quarter Bundle – Honeybee Cloths

14” square of H200 Vilene interlining or fusible webbing (bondaweb)

Gutermann threads colours; 1120, 802, 7012


(If you plan to Quilt As You Go, you’ll also need an 11” square of wadding, and depending on which QAYG method you use, an 11” square of backing fabric – please read through Quilt Construction notes for more info.)


Download tutorial and templates in PDF format



Cutting

10 ½” square* - Off white (*If you plan to Quilt As You Go, cut 11” square)

2 - 5” squares from the Pink flowers on Ivory

1 - 3” square from the Pink flowers on Pink

1 - 5” square from the Green

1 - 7”x3” rectangle for the Green checked


Haberdashery items

Hearts and banner templates (download PDF)

Friction erasable marker pen, Iron, Basic sewing supplies, Temporary basting glue, 505 basting spray or pins, Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat


Assembly


Take the small pieces of cut fabrics, and fuse them to the interlining.


Using the friction erasable marker, draw around each template, on the corresponding fabric – please see photo below for placement


Carefully cut out these appliques, and press again, to ensure the interlining has fused, and to remove any pen markings.


With a small dab of glue, baste these in place onto the 11” Off white square, see photo below for placement


Blanket stitch each applique, using Gutermann Sulky thread, colour 1120, and thread colour 802 in the bobbin. Length of stitch 2.5, and width 3.0. Sew all loose ends through to the reverse, secure and trim.


For the smallest hearts, that fit inside the green hearts reduce your blanket stitch length to 2.0,

and the width to 2.5



To embellish the banner, with the wording ‘Cherish’ and to add the extra details use your friction erasable marker pen. You can either hand sew over the top of this, or use ‘free motion’ quilting.


To ‘free motion’ quilt, drop the feed dogs on your machine, and replace the walking foot, with a quilting foot. Thread up your machine with the Gutermann metallic thread, colour 7012. Sew all the loose ends through to the reverse.


– remember to use an extra piece of fabric, when pressing, to avoid your metallic thread getting too hot.

Your applique Sampler block is now complete.


If you plan to Quilt As You Go, please refer to the Quilt Construction section, and layer your quilt as required.


If free motion quilting, use an open toe foot, and ensure the feed dogs on your machine are down.


For straight line quilting as in the block below, a walking foot is used and feed dogs engaged.


Using an erasable marker, draw a 10” centralised square onto your Off-white fabric. Mark diagonal lines, starting from bottom left to top right corner, at 2” intervals.


Thread up your machine with Gutermann thread 802, stitch length 4.0.


Congratulations! You’ve finished Block 1 - Cherish!



A couple of things to bear in mind if you Quilt As You Go


• Quilting – the more quilting on a block, the more potential for it to shrink from it’s original size, so quilt evenly.

• If you use the 2nd method of joining blocks, you’ll need to leave a 1” margin un-quilted around the edge of your block.

• In preparation for joining Sampler to Irish Chain blocks, trim a sliver of each side of the Sampler square, till it measures 10.5” square.



Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself and Dawn are so excited to see your blocks.


You can find me on Instagram @creativeblonde66 and on Facebook @creativeblonde66 .


Come on over and visit my blog for more sewing tutorials at www.creativeblonde.co.uk


Thanks for joining in with our exciting quilt-a-long


Happy sewing


x creativeblonde x






By Dawn, Jan 2 2018 11:22AM



A very happy New Year to you and yours - hope it is is filled with sunshine, smiles and sweet moments x x


New year really is a time of fresh possibilities and I'm so happy and excited to be sharing this - It's been over 4 months in the making, a really long time when you've been itching to stitch :)


Beginning mid-January, and running over 12 months, our new Quilt-along - the Sweetest things Sampler celebrates the little things which make our lives sweeter.



I'm so thrilled that my lovely friend and fellow quilter Michelle of CreativeBlonde is returning to our blog, to co-host our quilt-along. Appropriately, the very first block relates to something which makes life a whole lot sweeter - Friendship and cherishing every moment.


Every month from February onwards a new Sampler block will be posted on the blog, (or if you prefer you can subscribe to receive the PDF document emailed direct to your Inbox - simply type Sweetest Thing Sampler into the subject line of the Contact form, together with your email.)



Sneak peak of February block - Photo by Michelle of CreativeBlonde
Sneak peak of February block - Photo by Michelle of CreativeBlonde


To complete the quilt , the Sampler blocks will be combined with Irish Chain blocks to make a quilt top approx 50" x 50" without borders (or 60" x 60" with borders.)


We would love to see the blocks you make, and hear about the things which make your lives sweeter too.Throughout the Quiltalong there will be Giveaways of sewing Goodies, to enter simply follow our Instagrams Honeybee Cloths and CreativeBlonde, and post a photo of your block on Instagram, using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler.


The materials we'll be using for our Sweetest Things Sampler are from Brenda Riddle collections for Moda Fabrics, including Brenda's newest collection Caroline, due in Honeybee Cloths store in two weeks time.



Brenda Riddle's collections are some of the prettiest cottons we've seen, and were the inspiration for our Sweetest Things Sampler Quilt. The Sampler blocks themselves make use of small quantities e.g. Fat Eighths - so if you have a stashful of pretty quitling cottons in need of a good home, this Sampler is for them too.


Our next post in mid January focuses a bit more on fabric requirements for background and Irish Chain blocks.


Till then wishing you lots of sweet cosy moments.


Dawn x X







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